With Heart Abandoned

Heart-shaped Christmas ornament.I’ll stand

With arms high

And heart abandoned,

In awe of the One

Who gave it all.

—from The Stand, Hillsong United

I recently read a devotional that said encountering Jesus’ love prompts people to whisper promises and make vows. The idea isn’t wrong, and yet, it seems somehow incomplete. When I read the Bible, I discover people who encounter God and abandon everything in response.

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According to Your Word

A girl's hands holding stalks of purple flowers, probably lavender.And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” —Luke 1:38, New American Standard Bible

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Write Right’s Night before Christmas

Write Right character, plus a sleeping mouse, sugar plug fairy, reindeer, and Santa inside a doll house structure.